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Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn believes now is the right time for the
Scandinavian Mixed to be happening.

The tournament, which is hosted by Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam,
sees 78 men and 78 women compete for the same trophy and same prize fund on the
same course at Vallda Golf and Country Club.

The Danish legend hopes that the joint event between the European Tour
and the LET will allow women’s golf to be showcased to the fans.

“It’s something
everyone wants to see happening and more often as well. Golf has an obligation
to provide different kinds of formats and ideas
and it’s one of those sports where we have
the ability to make it fair,”
the 15-time European
Tour winner said.

“It’ll be
something that fans will want more of, I think it’s something
sponsors want more of and I think it fits the tour, and the time –
the time is right – and it’s certainly the right country. This
country is very forward-thinking with women in sport.  

think women’s golf is under-estimated at times and
deserves more praise and I think this is a good way to show
the difference between men’s golf and women’s golf is not as big as many people
think it is. They’re professional sports
people, doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, you
have the same mindset, your work ethic is the
same, you’re concentrated on improving all the time so
there isn’t much difference.”

The 50-year-old will
tee it up alongside hosts Henrik and Annika at 13.00 in the first round and
08.00 in the second round.

Bjørn, who
successfully captained Europe to victory at the 2018 Ryder Cup, is excited to
be able to play alongside two people he knows very well.

“Swedish golf
royalty doesn’t come much higher than Henrik and Annika,” he said.” “Annika
and I are a very similar age and growing up and watching
her career up close through the years, dominating women’s golf, was remarkable
and she’s women’s golf’s Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods.

“I’ve known
Henrik for so long and we are just very close friends,
and he’s still got hopes and aspirations of delivering great
things and very capable of doing that so that’s a different
case. I love watching him play, he’s arguably one of the best
golfers in the world and we saw that over a few years when he delivered some
unbelievable results. 

“It’s pretty
special at our age to go out and play competitive golf together
and I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun for all
three of us.”

Source: Ladies Eurpean Tour